The conviction of any type of drug charge is serious, and the repercussions can have a serious impact on your life. If you are currently facing state or federal drug charges, you understand the gravity of your situation and the need to adequately defend yourself against these accusations.
Despite the perception that marijuana possession is not a serious crime, a conviction will result in serious penalties. Many states have legalized the recreational use of this drug, but the drug is still a controlled substance in Kansas. In July 2016, state lawmakers passed a measure that slightly reduced the penalties associated with possession, but, if you are facing charges for marijuana, you still need an experienced defense attorney.
Unquestionably, Kansas, Missouri and the rest of the country have a drug problem that does not seem to be getting better. Programs to educate the public, motivate young people and rehabilitate addicts have barely made dents in the problem. Your child has probably experienced these efforts first hand.
The threat of criminal charges is daunting. Even a misdemeanor charge can have a detrimental impact on your life, necessitating quick action to protect your rights and interests. Even if you have not yet been charged with a crime, you can benefit from the help of an experienced defense attorney.
Even though marijuana is illegal in Kansas, the legalization of the drug in Colorado has had a significant impact on the state. According to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a recent survey of 320 different Kansas law enforcement agencies and 70 district attorneys' offices revealed that the marijuana being confiscated in Kansas today is much more potent than it used to be. Essentially, the high-grade marijuana from Colorado has replaced lower-grade marijuana smuggled from Mexico and homegrown pot. Schmidt says Colorado pot is "permeating" every part of Kansas. This includes a substantial rise in edibles made with marijuana or infused with marijuana oil.
A plea bargain refers to the process of negotiation between a defense lawyer and the prosecution. Both the defense lawyer and the prosecution are able to initiate these negotiations, which then the defendant must accept or reject. During a typical plea bargaining process the defendant pleads guilty to either a lesser charge or only one charge (when facing several). Accepting a plea bargain is beneficial because the costs of a trial are avoided. However, deciding when to accept a plea bargain can be tricky.
Despite the decriminalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes in 25 states and the District of Columbia, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently announced it will maintain cannabis classification as a Schedule I drug. Under federal law, marijuana is categorized with controlled substances such as cocaine and heroin, meaning the federal government views cannabis as "highly addictive and of no medical value."
During a traffic stop in December of 2013, Kansas City police officers made an unusual discovery: a safe in a vehicle driven by Ronald D. Boyd was full of $100 bills totaling $70,000. While Boyd claimed he had the large sum of cash on him because he was a real estate investor, investigators found, upon looking into Boyd's finances, that it had been six years since Boyd had been employed. He had not reported any income during that time. This traffic stop began a federal investigation into a multistate marijuana ring that involved shipments of pot from California to Kansas City. Boyd, along with six others, have now been charged with federal drug trafficking.